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    1. Berkeley and SimCity Competition Congratulations to the Berkeley Middle School Sim City Future City Team on their 3rd place finish in the Hampton Roads Regional Competition at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Va. Shown left to right in the photo are Trey Qualtrough, 8th grade; Dylan Burks, 7th grade; James MacGowan, 7th grade; Will Dixon, 7th grade, and Richard Goode, Berkeley technology teacher, sponsor of the group. The object of the competition was to design a city using Sim City 4 simulation software, write an essay about residential water conservation and an essay describing the citys futuristic concepts. The model shown in the photo was designed and assembled by the students and was judged Best Model in the competition. In addition to their third place medals, each presenter received a $75.00 Best Buy gift certificate. Special thanks go out to Dr. Ralph Buehrle, the teams Engineer Mentor from NASA Langley Research Center. Dr. Buehrle has worked with the group 5 out of the 8 years that Berkeley has fielded a team in the Future City competition.

    2. ENGINEERING STUDENTS AND NORTHROP GRUMMAN Williamsburg, Feb. 24 Congratulations to the Jamestown High School Introduction to Engineering teams and TSA (Technology Student Association) members who recently competed in Northrop Grummans SNAME Boat Design Competition. Of the thirty eight teams from Virginia and North Carolina that entered the competition, eleven teams were from Jamestown High School. All eleven of the JHS teams were among the twenty four teams that actually completed the competition. Team Integrated Aluminum (Logan Vaughan, David Tubbs, Josh Vantasel) placed among the top four teams in the SNAME Boat Design Competition. All four of the top designs will be built by Northrop Grumman and raced on April 18, piloted by the students who designed them, to determine the first place winner. Team Argonaut (Stephen Grau, Daniel Sharp, Taylor Illman, Steven Barnet) won top honors for their Design History Notebook. Team Fantasea ( Ryan Piplico, Chris Scarola, Ben Perry, Wills Fauntleroy, Mike Woods) won Best Calculations, with 100% correct for calculations on ship design. This is the toughest competition that our kids have been involved in, stated Mr. Tom Nuckols, JHS Engineering instructor and TSA sponsor. Pictured: (front row l-r) Team Integrated Aluminum: David Tubbs, Josh Vantasel, Logan Vaughan; (second row l-r) Team Argonaut Steven Barnet, Taylor Illman, Daniel Sharp, Stephen Grau; (third and fourth rows l-r) Team Fantasea - Chris Scarola, Ryan Piplico, Ben Perry, Wills Fauntleroy, Mike Wood; (fifth row) Mr. Tom Nuckols (JHS Engineering instructor and TSA sponsor)

    3. Lafayette High School FBLA Class Hold Food Drive Williamsburg, February 13 The club collected food for FISH during National Career and Technical Education Weekusing the Valentine theme, "Have a Heart!" The club collected over 700 cans and packages of food to replenish FISH's food pantry. The club had tried an FBLA "Go Green" Initiative in December to recycle toys that could be donated to a homeless shelter or individuals in need. The project did not work then, but we combined it with the food drive and did collect toys this time. FBLA and Business and Information Technology students also went to the Career Expo at the Hampton Convention Center Tuesday, February 10, as part of the CTE week activities as well. Photo Caption from left to right: officers ofthe LHS chapter of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America): ElishaChestnut, President; Renea Johnson, Vice President; Chris Burris, Treasurer; Beth Begley, Secretary; and Nakeisha Johnson, Reporter.

    4. Lafayette High School TCE Skills USA Wins Gold at District Scrapbook Competition Williamsburg, February 24 The LHS Technical & Career (TCE) class participated in a scrap book competition and won the Gold medal. The LHS scrapbook documents TCEs program of work and the gold signifies that LHSs scrapbook beat out all the high schools in Hampton, Gloucester and York, bothNew Horizons Career & Technical Centers, the NN Telecommunications Program, and both Badger Technical Centers from the Eastern Shore. The LHS TCE Club Scrapbook will now be mailed to Richmond for judging against all club scrapbooks across the state of Virginia. The results will beannounced at the state conference March 27 - 29 in Hampton at the Convention Center. Pictured is Ashley Lawrence holding the winning scrapbook.

    5. Lafayette High School Skills USA Students Honor Veterans Williamsburg, November 13 Lafayette veterans were recently honored at a lunch provided by Principal Anita Swinton. The luncheon tables were decorated with centerpieces created by Lafayettes SkillsUSA students. The Technical Cooperative Education program (TCE) and SkillsUSA collaborated with Mr. Floyd Sturdifen, Head of Security, to create the annual bulletin board, located in the upper commons. The students decided on a white background with a red, white, and blue border and gold stars. The red and white represent the American flag, and the gold represents the Lafayette family. The board featured a photo of each veteran with his or her military branch and number of years served with a sign saying Our Gift to You. Photo Caption from left to right: Larry Moore 7 years, John Derse 6 years, Michael Zinz 3 years, Floyd Sturdifen 20 years, Bob Bruce 26 years, Darrick Jones 4 years, Mark Otto 29 years, Mark Weideman 6 years, Dave Sutton 26 years, not picture: Robert Schwatz 4 years, Michael Morman 18 years, Diana Wooten 5 years, Dale Salisburg 20 years, Jim Rivord 30 years

    6. Building Bridges with Industry at Jamestown Williamsburg, VA, (Dec 10) Scott Francis P.E. (Professional Engineer) and a team of engineers from The Structures Group inc. undertook the same structural engineering problem as Mr. Nuckols Introduction to Engineering class. The problem was to design and build a bridge that spanned 10 inches with one inch on each abutment, was only two inches tall and no material could be below the abutments, and the bridge had to hold a minimum of 45 pounds. The bridge was to be made only out of one 20 feet of 1/8 x 1/8 inch basswood, one ounce of CA as an adhesive, and one 3 x 5 index card could be used as gusset plates. The bridge would then be destructively tested under a load to see whose bridge had the best strength to weight ratio. This problem was taken directly from the 2007 -2008 Technology Student Association Curriculum Guide. After the students had their lessons on bridge design and had done some simulations on West Point Bridge Builder, the students, in teams of two, began to design their solutions to the bridge design problem. As the students were wrapping up their bridge designs, Scott Francis came to class and gave a presentation on structural engineering, some of the projects undertaken by The Structures Group, their method for solving this basswood bridge problem, and then tested the bridge made by The Structures Group; which was painted in Hokie maroon and orange. After the bridge testing and efficiency calculation, Mr. Francis debriefed the class on where the breakage took place and how their design could have been improved. After that, he looked at each teams bridge design and offered constructive criticism. Once the students finished building their bridges, Scott Francis and Andrew J. Augustin, E.I.T. (Engineer in Training) (one of the other members of The Structures Group team) returned to observe the destructive testing of the students bridges. The Structures Group Team also made improvements to their bridge and brought it to test again. In the end, the winning team was Logan Vaughan and Tyler Wallace. Their bridge held a total of 194 pounds and was a mass of only 70.84 grams. This gave it and efficiency of 12.433. Thank you very much to Michael Matthews, Scott Francis, Andrew Augustin , and the rest of The Structures Group team for all of their time and effort put into this project. They have made a huge investment in the future of the profession of Engineering. Tom Nuckols is the Instructor for the class.

    7. Lafayette High School FBLA Members Host Speaker from ECPI Williamsburg, February 9 .Adrienne Goodson spoke to the, Future Business Leaders of America class andother business students about dressing for success, interviewing, and opportunitiesfor alternativepost-secondary education at ECPI. Left to right: Elisha Chestnut, FBLA President; Ms. Adrienne Goodson, ECPI Freshman Admissions Presenter; Beth Begley, FBLA Secretary; Mrs. Jeanne King, FBLA Adviser

    8. Lafayette High School Marketing Class Collects Over 800 Pairs of Shoes Williamsburg, January 21 This school year when Lafayettes Marketing students were deciding on a civic project to do, one theme was very evident; dont ask for money when the economy is doing so poorly. So the goal of LHSs DECA, an association of Marketing students, was to find a different way to give. A parent volunteer, Cindy Colley, suggested Soles 4 Souls, an organization which donates shoes to those in need. The idea was that we could make a difference in peoples lives by asking the Lafayette community to bring in their gently worn shoes. Students went to teachers classes every day the week before and after Christmas to collect shoes, something most people already had in their closets. A record was kept for the class with the most donations and Ms. Byers class won a Chick-fil-a breakfast for their donations of over 200 pairs. All total, almost 800 pairs of shoes were donated. The benefit was so overwhelming that marketing students are now in the process of trying to find an alternative to mailing these shoes. Perhaps a truck or bus with some left over space that could get these shoes to the Nashville-based Soles4Souls facility. For a possible solution call Ms. Dixon at 565-4220. Photo Caption from left to right: Destiny McCartha, Debby Ayala, Jeri Harsley, Emily Parkin, Travis Brown, Liz Hinson, Tierra Robinson, Brittany Pryor, Elisha Chestnut.

    9. Lafayette High School DECA Association Install Officers Williamsburg, November 17 DECA, an association of Marketing students, held its Installation of Officers and Member Initiation Ceremony on Tuesday, November 10 at Golden Corral. To draw attention and honor Veterans Day, Mr. Floyd Sturdifen, a veteran with 20 years of service, conducted the ceremony to install DECAs newly elected officers. These officers will be responsible for planning and organizing the chapters Program of Work for the school year. Members of the association learned about the responsibilities of membership through the Initiation Ceremony. The ceremonies were followed by a delicious buffet breakfast. Officers Pictured (left to right): Lauren Lisle, President; Tori Payne, Vice President; Alex Anderson, Corresponding Secretary; Danielle Barcardi, Recording Secretary; Tierra Robinson, Treasurer; Elisha Chestnut, Reporter; Elisa Hernandez, Historian.

    10. Lafayette High School TCE Skills USA Class Supports the American Cancer Society Williamsburg, October 29 TCE-Skills USA is supporting the American Cancer Society with its Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The students selected Wednesday,October 29, as the day for the entire Lafayette family to wear pink . On Friday October 24, the students made over 250 pink ribbons to sell for 25 cents during the 3 lunches onMonday, October 27- Wednesday, October 29. The first day of salesanddonations totaled $20.00. Tuesday's count was $27.00 in sales and a $50.00 donation, by the chairperson's (Ashley Iannuzzi) grandmother. Since Wednesday is the final day of sales, the students are going office to office offering the opportunity to support the efforts by buying a beautiful pink ribbon for only 25 cents! All of the proceeds will be donated to the local American Cancer Society. Students also had educational pamphlets available for distribution. Photo Caption Front Row from left to right: Ms.Owens, Ashley Lawrence, Jeremy Williams, Zach Bumpass, Ashley Iannuzzi, Malyn Miller Second Row from left to right: Mr. KevinJones, KaShaun Tyler, Lexia Brown,Kerrie Padgett

    11. Lafayette High School Practical Nursing Class Holds Capping Ceremony Williamsburg, October 28 On Friday, October 24th the Lafayette School of Practical Nursing held its 32nd annual capping ceremony for the second year practical nursing students. Many of the students family and friends attended the ceremony to celebrate this special day. W-JCC Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews and Lafayette High School Principal Ms. Anita Swinton were in attendance and gave words of encouragement to the students. LHS senior, Katie Harms played the harp. Photo Caption 1st row from left to right: Samantha Morrissey, Marlena Kempton, and Jessica Honsinger 2nd Row from left to right: Ashley White, Joanne Carroll, Teondra Tyler, Jessica Thompson 3rd Row from left to right: Cindy Laffin, Sawna Ellis, Charlene Turner, Salma Edarus

    12. LAFAYETTE TCE CLASS Williamsburg, September 16 On Tuesday, September 9th, four students from Mrs. Owenss Technical, Cooperative, and Educational program (TEC) delivered jars full of lifesavers to the guidance department to show their appreciation. TyQuan Mitchell, Lexia Brown, Jason Davenport, and Ericka White worked hard on this project to make sure the guidance department started the year on a good note. They created a message for the department which was Youre a lifesaver and TEC wants you to know it! which they attached to the jars. Every counselor was pleased, which made the TEC students feel very good. Photo Caption from left to right: Mrs. Miller and TyQuan Mitchell.

    13. Virginia Career Week at Lafayette Williamsburg, October 12-17 What do a firefighter, a cow and mouse growing a human ear on its back have in common? They were all seen recently at Lafayettes recognition of Virginia Career Week! To emphasize the tremendous opportunities through Career & Technical classes, displays of course content, images of activities and live interaction all took place during the lunch blocks each day. Particularly highlighted this year was careers and pathways which according to US News & World Report, do not require four years of college, but are in demand and technical in nature. Those career choices are firefighters, electronic technicians, cosmetologists, machinists, and security system technicians. To lend connection to our own community, representatives from Computer Concepts, JCC Fire and EMS, Chick-fil-a, JCC Police Department, The Beautiful Gate Salon and Medical Career Institute, shared with the students. Counselors from LHS and TNCC were on hand to give individual attention to students questions. Photo Caption from left to right: Lynsie Charville and Mrs. Segal

    14. LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL TECHNICAL COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM ELECTS OFFICERS Williamsburg, October 6 Skills USA, the student organization of the TCE (Technical Cooperative Education) Program recently held an election. After the nominees gave campaign speeches in both classes, the students cast their votes. Parents were invited to the presentation ceremony to see the students and hear Principal Anita Swinton, TCE teacher Richard Aadahl and TCE Supervisor Mrs. Barbara Simmons give remarks. The following students from first and second blocks were selected by their peers to lead the organization for the coming year. Photo Caption: First Block from left to right: James Arrington; Treasure, Shane Nobles; Reporter, Jason Davenport; Xazonta Bartlett; President, Parliamentarian, Javon Piggott; Chaplin, Tray Gray; Vice President, Tyquan Mitchelle, Secretary. Second Block from left to right: Jeremy Williams; Parliamentarian, Manly Miller; Treasure, Kerri Padgett; Secretary, Ashley Iannuzzi; Vice President; Ashley Lawrence; President, Congratulations!

    15. PROTOTYPING PRINTER TAKES LAFAYETTE TECHNOLOGY ED STUDENTS INTO THE THIRD DIMENSION Williamsburg, October 10 If you can dream it, you can build it, has taken on a whole new meaning at Lafayette High School since students have gained access to a Dimension 3 Dimensional Printer. Normally found at the collegiate level, the 3D printer enables students the ability to design a model in programs like AutoCAD, Inventor, SketchUP!, or 3D Max, then export the file to a software program that converts the model into machine code based on the Cartesian coordinate system, X, Y, and Z. Instead of injecting ink onto paper, the printer melts an extruded ABS plastic which resembles weed whacker line through a heated head to a thickness of a human hair. Layer by layer the model is constructed, alternating from the ABS material to a support material, which later is dissolved away by soaking the part in a solution bath. Some models may be used just as they are directly from the printer, like chess pieces, while others serve as patterns to be cast into more rigid products by manufacturers. Incorporating the printer allows the students to experience many career fields like machinists, computer numerical control technician, architect, engineer, industrial designer and even a special effects modeler.

    16. JHS Computer Students visit local business to conduct audit Students in Charlotte Stowers Computer Information Systems class at Jamestown High School recently visited local businesses to conduct a technology audit. The program, entitled CIS Solutions, brings schools and area businesses together for students to learn about applications of technology and business. During the site visit, business employees gave company tours and explained technology and its uses in their businesses. Topics discussed were hardware, software, scanners, etc., and ways in which students could volunteer in their companies. Students visited Child Development Resources, the Heritage Humane Society, The Merrimac Center, Williamsburg Landing, Meals on Wheels, and the American Red Cross. Photo: One of the businesses CIS Solutions students visited was the American Red Cross. From left: Shivani Patel, Jim Goltry, Luke Stachowiak, Stephen Billeter, Alyce Donnelson.

    17. JHS FCCLA PREPARES BREAKFAST FOR THE CLASS THAT TURNED IN THE MOST CANNED FOODS December 5, 2008. Mrs. Carters Nutrition and Wellness class prepared breakfast for Ms. Ridleys math class who turned in 365 nonperishable food items for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) canned food drive. The food was given to FISH in order to help the less fortunate. The breakfast menu consisted of bacon, pancakes, scrambled eggs, a delicious fruit salad, and a variety of fruit juices. Pictured (l-r) Ms. Ridley, Nathan, and Ian.

    18. JHS STUDENTS DONATE CANNED FOODS TO FISH Williamsburg, VA, (Dec.8, 2008) Jamestown High Schools Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held a can food drive to help the needy. During the week before Thanksgiving students at JHS turned in over 900 canned goods. Foods were picked up by FISH on Monday November 24th. The first block class to turn in the most nonperishable foods were promised a breakfast to be prepared by FCCLA. FCCLA is a non profitable student organization for students who are taking or have taken a Family and Consumer Sciences course. Pictured are (l-r) Kylie Martin and Daniella Samuels preparing foods to be given to FISH

    19. A PARENTING EXPERIENCE Williamsburg, Feb. 2 So you want to be a parent? Students in Mrs. Katrina Carters Parenting Class at Jamestown High School have the unique experience of parenting in two ways: the Baby Think It Over doll and the Empathy Belly. Students are challenged by the parenting experience by the Baby Think It Over doll which simulates what it would be like to be a parent of a young child. The baby cries and needs to be changed, fed, burped, rocked, and held. The student parent is required to have the baby with him/her twenty-four hours a day for four days. This time also includes caring for the child during the students class time. A computer chip tells the instructor if the student parent has been a caring parent. The Empathy Belly is new to Jamestown High School this year. Mrs. Carter, instructor for the Parenting course, stated: The belly gives a close to realistic experience on what it is like to be pregnant. The weight of the belly throws the students balance off. There are weighted balls that are placed in the belly to make the student feel like the baby is kicking, and a bladder bag that actually makes student have to use the restroom. Pictured: #DSCF4995 JHS Parenting student Kirstie Harper prepares to take the Baby Think It Over doll home for her parenting experience. #DSCF4575 JHS Parenting student Courtney Gregory tries on the Empathy Belly. The belly gives students a close to realistic experience of what it is like to be pregnant. (photos by Mrs. Stathis Yearbook staff)

    20. Warhill High Schools Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Class Tours 911 Dispatch Communications Center & Fire Station 1 Williamsburg, October, 28 - Warhill High Schools EMT class recently toured the James City County 911 Dispatch Communications Center and Fire Station 1 in Toano. Warhills EMT program, launched in the fall of 2008, has an enrollment of sixteen WJCC students who are planning on careers in the health sciences career pathways. The EMT two-semester course, offered as a dual enrolled college level course with Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), is designed to instruct students to the level of Emergency Medical Technician- Basic (EMT-B). All high school seniors in the Williamsburg James City Country School division are eligible to take the EMT classes. This level of training serves as a vital link between health care and public safety. EMT-Bs provide service in an environment requiring special skills and knowledge in areas that include communications, transportation and record keeping. They also serve as liaisons with other public safety services, e.g., fire, law enforcement, emergency management and FEMA. Funding for the field trip along with funding for emergency medical training equipment and career coach services, has been provided in part through a grant from the Williamsburg Community Foundation and TNCC s Office of Outreach & Recruitment. Pictured: Peter Brown, (front, left), NREMT-P, Warhills EMT Instructor, a retired Captain from James City County Fire Department with over 30 years experience with his last assignment being an EMS trainer is pictured with his Warhill EMT Class: Front row, Chole Brown, Jasmine Greenhow, Brandon Edkins, Patrick Snyder; second row, Ryan Chadwick, Connie Reichelt, Jeanne Mayes, Trvish OConner, Ashani Andrews, Lynette Meekins, (Quineesha Lee not pictured); 3rd row, Ellexis Beck, Anthony Crossley, Kelsee Deman, Robbie Linderman, Jasmonique Walker.

    21. NASA Visit Lafayette High School Williamsburg, October 9 Mr. Schwartzs 4th block Intro to Engineering class was visited Oct. 8 by Mr. Rob Bryant, one of the most accomplished inventors in NASA. Mr. Bryant is senior Materials Engineer at Langley NASA, and father of LHS senior Jesse Bryant.Mr. Bryant updated the class on the materials he and his team have developed to be used in modern aircraft and the ongoing Orion project. The goal of the Orion project is to return American astronauts to the moon.

    22. CHEF VISIT LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL NUTRITION AND WELLNESS CLASS Williamsburg, September 29 On September 24th Chef Jesse Miller of Johnson and Wales University paid a visit to Mrs. Segals Nutrition and Wellness classes. He prepaved a fresh whole grain and cracked pepper fettuccini with sun dried tomatoes, cashews and spinach pesto. The test samples disappeared quickly and many of the students took the recipe home to try for dinner that night. It was an informative and tasty presentation.

    23. LAFAYETTES MARKETING DISCUSS SAFETY Williamsburg, September 25 Lafayettes Marketing job placement students spend a class period with Officer Jerry White discussing safety procedures and crime prevention in the work place. This is critical information for LHS students as they prepare to enter the job market.

    24. LAFAYETTE RAM SHOP Williamsburg, September 15 Students in the Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation Marketing class learn marketing concepts through the operation of the Ram Shop, Lafayettes school store. The Ram Shop stocks a variety of spirit clothing items, gym uniforms, school supplies, birthday balloons (delivered), and spirit LHS novelty items. The Ram Shop is open to students every morning before school from 7:00 7:20. Photo Caption: from left to right Jason Davenport, Tori Payne, and John Mills